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by quizbowllee
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3103

West Point 3rd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/13/2014

Dear Coaches and Sponsors, I would like to invite your team(s) to the 3rd Annual West Point Quiz Bowl Tournament to be held Saturday, December 13, 2014 at West Point High School in Cullman, AL. The tournament is open to all teams consisting of players in grades 12 and below. There will be separate a...
by quizbowllee
Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: William Rufus King Invitational VIII at Alabama (9/27/14)
Replies: 19
Views: 8845

Re: William Rufus King Invitational VIII at Alabama (9/27/14

West Point will have 2 varsity and 1 JV team.
by quizbowllee
Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: An incident of plagiarism at NAQT
Replies: 3
Views: 2856

Re: An incident of plagiarism at NAQT

Could we see a side-by-side example of this plagiarism? One of the main reasons I have never submitted questions to NAQT is that I'm afraid that I might inadvertently use "similar language" from other tossups. I'm just curious as to what level of similarity constitutes plagiarism in the eyes of NAQT.
by quizbowllee
Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzzers!
Replies: 16
Views: 6945

Re: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014

West Point will be there with (hopefully) 3 teams.

1 Varsity
2 Novice
by quizbowllee
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SSNCT 2015 When/Where?
Replies: 4
Views: 3596

SSNCT 2015 When/Where?

Does anyone have any info about SSNCT 2015? Even like rumors? Chad told me at HSNCT that an announcement would likely come shortly after HSNCT. We need to know something ASAP - even if it is a rumor - so that we can start planning. I don't know about other teams, but big, expensive, overnight trips ...
by quizbowllee
Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 25774

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Thanks for the mention. I'm hoping I can keep my bunch at West Point focused all year. They've got a lot of potential and have come very far in a short amount of time. This year, there will be two seniors and two juniors from last year's "A Team" returning. But, I also have three freshmen coming up ...
by quizbowllee
Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: William Rufus King Invitational VIII at Alabama (9/27/14)
Replies: 19
Views: 8845

Re: William Rufus King Invitational VIII at Alabama (9/27/14

Put West Point down for 3 teams tentatively.

We're looking forward to it.
by quizbowllee
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderators at HSNCT
Replies: 36
Views: 8547

Re: Moderators at HSNCT

We had one moderator who forgot to start the clock at the beginning of the second half. We called it to his attention after he had already read an entire tossup/bonus cycle that our opponents got. He started the clock after that first cycle. We preceded to lose by 15 points when our opponents got th...
by quizbowllee
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The logistics of future HSNCTs
Replies: 15
Views: 6002

Re: The logistics of future HSNCTs

At some point the field is going to have to stop expanding, yes? The already-mentioned space constraints (you're already down to pretty much the largest hotels around, unless you can get the massive participant insurance policies and such convention spaces require you to have) plus the staff constr...
by quizbowllee
Tue May 27, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 68
Views: 35667

Re: 2014 NAQT HSNCT: May 31-June 1, Chicago (field reopens)

So... I guess my B team at #4 on standby is looking pretty good right now.
by quizbowllee
Tue May 27, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 nAC
Replies: 27
Views: 10204

Re: 2014 nAC

Joshua Rutsky wrote: Gadsden City attended HSNCT last year, and frankly, I am a little sad they aren't playing at HSNCT this year.
Did they? I don't think they have EVER been to HSNCT.
by quizbowllee
Wed May 21, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT 2010 Difficulty - Is my team crazy?
Replies: 5
Views: 2484

HSNCT 2010 Difficulty - Is my team crazy?

So, in preparing for HSNCT, I have been going over old HSNCT packets in practice with my team. Going over 2012 or 2013 questions, they will average a somewhat-respectable 350-400 points per 20 tossups heard. Then I started reading packets from 2010 HSNCT. Suddenly, scores were more like 130-45 when ...
by quizbowllee
Wed May 07, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

Congrats to West Point for their performance at small school nationals. What was the question set like? I'm not sure if the set is cleared for discussion or not. I will say that we were perhaps over-preparing. What I mean is that we were expecting questions a little more like HSNCT and they definit...
by quizbowllee
Fri May 02, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments
Replies: 25
Views: 6508

Re: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments

If anyone cares, we made it to Minneapolis in 16 hours, 44 minutes, and 21 seconds.

Ready for SSNCT!
by quizbowllee
Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!
Replies: 46
Views: 16453

Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

KnicksRule wrote:Are any side tournaments being played at SSNCT?
I'm definitely down for a side tournament - preferably an "open" event where an old timer like myself can play.
by quizbowllee
Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

Good luck to the handful of Alabama teams that are competing this weekend in Minnesota!

Ashville
Brooks
Handley
West Point A
West Point B
by quizbowllee
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments
Replies: 25
Views: 6508

Re: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments

We have a kid who is deathly afraid of flying, too. That's one small reason that we're driving.

I'm not sure what we'll do if a future SSNCT or HSNCT is held somewhere REALLY far away like Seattle or Los Angeles.
by quizbowllee
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments
Replies: 25
Views: 6508

Re: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments

Charter buses don't count either! I'm talking about DRIVING to a tournament, not RIDING to a tournament! :party: Seriously, though, I have utmost respect for anyone willing to do this. I'm just praying that we don't hit traffic and can make the trip in about 16 hours with stops. We're going to take ...
by quizbowllee
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!
Replies: 46
Views: 16453

Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

bird bird bird bird bird wrote:We're still working on the details, but we do not expect to use the card system for this tournament.
No card system? That's sort of a bummer. :sad:
by quizbowllee
Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments
Replies: 25
Views: 6508

Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments

Just out of curiosity, what is the greatest distance you have ever DRIVEN to a quiz bowl tournament? Flying doesn't count!

I am driving my team from West Point High School to the SSNCT in Minneapolis in a couple of weeks. According to Google Maps, it is 1,007 miles away. Does anyone have that beat?
by quizbowllee
Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!
Replies: 46
Views: 16453

Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

As I continue preparing my teams for this event, a couple more questions have come up. I thought I would pose these questions in this public forum, as they are pertinent to all attending teams: 1) Will there be computational math at this tournament? If so, will it be only in bonuses? 2) Will this ev...
by quizbowllee
Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!
Replies: 46
Views: 16453

Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Is there any news in regards to the format of this tournament? Will we be using the card system that is used at HSNCT? Is a winning record on Saturday what determines playoff teams?
by quizbowllee
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 6324

Re: Ease of Powers

If you looked at the stat lines for A-series, you'd see a much bigger jump in powers, I think.
by quizbowllee
Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 68
Views: 35667

Re: 2014 NAQT HSNCT: May 31-June 1, Chicago

Can you tell me how many standby teams ended up playing last year? My B-team is currently #5, but several parents don't want to make the trip to Chicago if there's not a good chance they will play.
by quizbowllee
Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 6324

Re: Ease of Powers

I can't give specifics from this year, due to the questions not being cleared for discussion yet. However, I will say that there have been many clues within power that would not have been even four or five years ago. Some of them have even been shockingly easy. Also, my team at West Point is fairly ...
by quizbowllee
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 6324

Re: Ease of Powers

After observing several NAQT tournaments this year and pouring over questions, I am 100% sure that it has become much easier to power tossups than it used to be.
by quizbowllee
Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!
Replies: 46
Views: 16453

Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

I thought that, even if you are the only Small School, you would have to at least finish in the top 50% of a field to qualify for SSNCT. I'm with Fred. I mean absolutely no disrespect to ANY team, but automatically inviting a team that went 0-6, averaged less than 25 ppg, and 5 ppb sort of calls the...
by quizbowllee
Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

Moving on from West Point Regional:

Buckhorn
West Point
Brindlee Mountain
Brooks
by quizbowllee
Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!
Replies: 46
Views: 16453

Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Wow! 28 teams so far. That escalated quickly. We're very much looking forward to this!

Just to gauge the "success" of the situation, I noticed that many of the current field has never competed in HSNCT before. Congrats on bringing in more teams.
by quizbowllee
Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

The Regionals Assignments are up at http://www.dbtech.net/asca. Right now, I want to give a hearty "Kudos" to ASCA. All four Regional sites seem fair for a change. By splitting some the the District Winners into different Regional sites, they have made it much more balanced across the state. While i...
by quizbowllee
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

I'm glad to see that - at least so far - it seems that all the "right" teams have moved beyond District this year. I can't remember that ever happening before.
by quizbowllee
Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

From our district, I know that we (West Point) went 4-0 and Arab went 3-1 in our pool. So, we both made it. The other pool wasn't finished yet. But, Brindlee Mountain and Cullman were both undefeated when we left. I'm pretty sure they will be #1 and #2 in that pool. There will also be a wildcard, wh...
by quizbowllee
Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5130

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

I have used the line "Can you be more vague?" on a few occasions as a moderator.
by quizbowllee
Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5130

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

Explain to me, please, how this differs from the following situation: A question begins "Diwali, Samhain, Pausha Dashmi, Pesach...". I buzz in at that point and answer "Jewish Holidays." By your logic, I shouldn't be given a neg on this if I didn't recognize the first three holidays as something ot...
by quizbowllee
Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!
Replies: 46
Views: 16453

Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Has there been any more discussion or clarification about where the difficulty of the SSNCT questions will fall on the current "NAQT Difficulty Spectrum?" Roughly equal to IS? Harder than IS, but easier than Div. II SCT? Harder than Div. II SCT, but easier than HSNCT? Roughly equal to HSNCT? I just ...
by quizbowllee
Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

Moving on to JV State from Wallace State Region:
Altamont
West Point
by quizbowllee
Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

After the Covenant Christian Tournament, I'm convinced that Alabama is completely up in the air this year. I have no idea who is actually going to win state. That's all I have to say about that.
by quizbowllee
Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

Dear Alabama teams, Joshua has already emailed all or most of you in ASCA, and Vanderbilt would love to host you at our 43rd Academic Bowl Competition on February 22nd on IS-134. Come enjoy Music City at its finest! You will also face some of the best teams in the region, such as Ezell-Harding, Far...
by quizbowllee
Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

Basically all I learned today from our tournament at West Point is that Altamont is really good. They won our tournament with a two-man team. Their B-team was really strong, so I imagine a full-strength Altamont team will be quite strong. That being said, Hoover did give them their sole loss, and th...
by quizbowllee
Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 2nd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/7/2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2516

Re: West Point 2nd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/7/2013

Quick Results: After seven rounds of intense power-matched quiz bowl, four teams out of 36 had a record of 6-1, with each loss coming from one of those four. Those teams were Altamont A, Gadsden City A, Hoover A, and West Point. Also, two JV teams had identical 4-3 record - Oak Mountain B and Arab B...
by quizbowllee
Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2013-14
Replies: 67
Views: 12241

Re: Alabama 2013-14

We're up to 36 teams for our December 7 Tournament. Many of the teams that have been "question marks" so far this year will be making an appearance. It should be interesting. Also, I'd like to ask anyone available to volunteer to help out if possible. I don't want to have to turn anyone away, but th...
by quizbowllee
Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 2nd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/7/2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2516

Re: West Point 2nd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/7/2013

Field Update: We are up to 36 teams. Due to some more moderators committing, I can take maybe a few more teams. Please let me know ASAP! Altamont A Altamont B Altamont C Arab A Arab B Athens A Athens B Brooks A Brooks B Brooks C Covenant Christan Danville Evangel Christian A Evangel Christian B Gads...
by quizbowllee
Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trevor's Trivia/Selcer Memorial at UT-Chattanooga 11/23/2013
Replies: 8
Views: 4123

Re: Trevor's Trivia/Selcer Memorial at UT-Chattanooga 11/23/2013

This thing is still happening, right? I hope so, as I'm getting up at 4:00 am on the 23rd and driving a car-full of high schoolers to UTC.
by quizbowllee
Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 2nd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/7/2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2516

Re: West Point 2nd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/7/2013

We're up to 34 teams. If you even THINK you may want to attend, please let me know immediately. I'm going to have to cap this field very soon.

Thanks.
by quizbowllee
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 6324

Re: Ease of Powers

Grams's Go-Go Boots wrote:I don't think they're significantly easier to get, I just think that there's more great teams these days.
I need to pick the brains of some of these coaches, then. I'm notoriously hard-headed and stubborn. But, this new breed of "Power Team" has even me almost ready to throw in the towel.
by quizbowllee
Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 6324

Ease of Powers

This may have been discussed before. If so, I didn't see it. Anyway, I have been following the stats of several NAQT Tournaments so far this year. I am blown completely away by the percentage of tossups that are being powered by some teams. When I last had a team that was at least marginally competi...
by quizbowllee
Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Point 2nd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/7/2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2516

Re: West Point 2nd Annual Invitational - Cullman, AL 12/7/2013

There has been a lot of interest in our tournament over the last week. I haven't heard from some of our usual teams, either. So, to avoid having to turn teams away, I am humbly asking anyone in the area who is willing to moderate to please contact me at thenry@ccboe.org. Also, if you are a coach or ...
by quizbowllee
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 104447

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

I'd like to take the opportunity to say that Quinterest.org is one of the most useful tools I've ever seen in my time coaching. I'd like to see it expanded with more questions. I'm not very knowledgeable of how these things work, but I'd be more than glad to help out in any way possible in order to ...